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CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Unlicensed Doctor in Osceola County Insurance Fraud Bust

10/30/2019

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis Announces Arrest of Unlicensed Doctor in Osceola County Insurance Fraud Bust

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis today announced the arrest of Ozioma Maduka of Osceola Injury Center, LLC for allegedly practicing as a health care professional without a license and fraudulent billing for unlicensed medical treatments.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Fraud in our state has reached epidemic proportions and we must work together to protect Floridians from these costly crimes. Posing as a doctor without a medical license to purposely deceive and defraud consumers is despicable and can put patients at risk. If you feel you have been the victim of insurance fraud, report it immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com.”
 
An investigation conducted by CFO Patronis’ Bureau of Insurance Fraud detectives revealed that Ozioma Maduka allegedly practiced as a medical doctor at Osceola Injury Center, LLC in Kissimmee without an active, valid Florida Medical Doctor's license. Maduka allegedly performed initial examinations, follow-up examinations, diagnosed patients, gave prognosis and created treatment plans for patients who sought treatment related to auto accident injuries. Maduka fraudulently billed two insurance companies more than $4,400 for the unlicensed treatment of auto accident victims.
 
Maduka was arrested on October 25, 2019 by Portsmouth Sheriff's Office and booked into Portsmouth City Jail in Virginia before being extradited to Florida. He was charged with Practicing as a Healthcare Professional without a License, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison. Individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
 
If you suspect insurance fraud, please go to FraudFreeFlorida.com.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).